It’s mid October and this means the weather should be cooling off for most of our nation. Many people wonder if they should be drinking as much water in the cooler weather as in our warm and hot summers.
The danger of dehydration is year round. Our bodies need water continuously. People can easily become dehydrated if they are drinking less than six eight-ounce glasses of water per day. A great way to help get this much water into your diet is to drink it with your meals.
Our bodies are 70% water every day of the year, regardless of the seasons. We need to maintain this percentage for optimal health. Obviously, if we are working out, creating excessive sweat and perspiration, we may need even more water than on a typical day in which we are not exercising.
To help avoid dehydration as the weather gets cooler, try some of these tips –
- Pack water to take with you before you leave home. Bottled water will work but a container of filtered water is best.
- Even if you are not thirsty, drink water often.
- If you don’t feel like drinking water, find a substitute to sip on. Drinking a warm non-caffeinated drink, such as hot tea should help your body stay hydrated.
- Certain fluids, such as alcohol, carbonated drinks and caffeinated drinks, can actually dehydrate the body. Certain sports drinks and energy drinks are dehydrating as well.
- Monitor your urine output. Make sure you are urinating normally and the color is a light yellow or clear. If your urine is dark yellow, you should be drinking more water.
- Fatigue, lethargy, feeling lightheaded and even changes in your mood may be early signs of dehydration, especially irritability.
- If you should find yourself holding fluid, for example in your hands, ankles, face, etc., this could also be a sign of early dehydration. Your body is clinging to the fluid you have given it because your cells do not know when they are getting more water. Make sure you are giving your body good, clean water on a regular basis. Highly alkaline, mineralized water is best.
Until next time,